This struck me as a very odd passage. It’s from a recent, critical review by Richard Dawkins of E.O. Wilson’s latest book.
“Nobody doubts that some groups survive better than others. What is controversial is the idea that differential group survival drives evolution, as differential individual survival does. The American grey squirrel is driving [...]
Ok, this claim in Outliers can’t pass without comment. On p.40, Gladwell implies that even Mozart was not really so special. Yeah, he started composing at age six, but lots of that was just rearrangements of others’ works and he didn’t produce anything that could be considered a masterwork until he was 21. Right. [...]
On the recommendation of several people, I have started reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s interesting so far, and he makes some thought-provoking arguments about the role of opportunities in youth and hard work (“the 10,000 hour rule” — how much it takes to master anything) as opposed to innate ability as drivers of [...]
Today’s the day! 150 years ago, Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. If you haven’t read it yet in all that time, what’s your excuse?
Side note: No sign of the special edition from Ray [...]
This is the chapter in which Darwin really picks things up. Whereas the first two may have been more like, in Darwin’s own words, “a dry list of facts”, this one is written in a very passionate tone. Having established that individuals vary both in domesticated breeds and [...]